Trainer Patrick Biancone was handed a one-year suspension in 2007 when three vials of cobra venom were found in a tack room in his barn at Keeneland, and he has not held a license in Kentucky since. On Aug. 15, according to bloodhorse.com, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted 16-1 to reinstate Biancone's license, with certain stipulations.
Two of the conditions the KHRC added to Biancone's license were that any Class A or B medication violation would result in the immediate and permanent revocation of his license (after due process), and that any falsification of a license application in another state would result in his Kentucky license being revoked.
“There's a point where you have served your time and you're clean and that's when you give people a second chance,” Dr. Foster Northrop said. “That's where we're at. I've gotten more comments on the racetrack over this than anything in the 50 to 60 years I've served on commissions. I've gotten a lot of flack. But the guy has served his time. Isn't that what the justice system is all about?”
The 60-year-old French native was a successful trainer in his home country through the 1980s, and his trainee All Along was voted North American Horse of the Year in 1983. In 1999, Biancone was suspended by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for 10 months for more than 20 medication violations. He returned to training in California after that suspension expired. Following his Kentucky suspension, Biancone has been licensed in California and Florida since November of 2008 without any medication violations, and maintains a string of horses at Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida.
Read more at bloodhorse.com.
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